A man wanted in 86 cases of chain-snatching in Pune and other parts of the state was arrested recently. The suspect has been identified as Ali Manzur Jafri alias Irani alias Ali Akram Jafri (28), a resident of Loni Kalbhor.
Acting on a tip-off to inspector Bramhanand Naikwadi, a crime branch team led by senior inspector Divakar Pedgaokar laid a trap at Wadkinala to nab Jafri and his aide Yusuf Samir Irani on August 31. Police said that Jafri tried to escape by breaking the asbestos roof of his residence. But before he could jump over, police havaldar Rajnarayan Deshmukh and Ganesh Salunke nabbed him and Yusuf with the help of citizens. “Two citizens received minor injuries in the incident,” said deputy commissioner of police (crime) P R Patil.
Police have so far recovered valuables worth Rs 9.16 lakh form his possession. Police said that Jafri was wanted in 58 cases of chain-snatching in Pune, 28 in Thane and other places. He was also wanted in a Karnataka case where he assaulted the police before fleeing.
Assistant commissioner of police Suresh Bhosale said, “We have recovered 255 grams of gold ornaments and two motorcycles from Jafri. He and his accomplice Masad Majju Irani had stolen these valuables in 10 chain-snatching and two vehicle thefts that have taken places in recently.”
Jafri has now been arrested in an offence registered at the Kothrud police station under section 392 of IPC. A magistrate court has remanded him to police custody till September 8 for further investigation.